In the hours since he left the stage, a growing number of Democrats and their supporters are starting to say the whole raucous scene was an elaborate set-up.
Every response — positive and negative — Romney got from the crowd at the NAACP conference in Houston has handed Democrats and allies an opening to suggest Romney had the whole thing worked out before hand.
The Applause Was Fake
Romney got a lot of polite applause, and even some serious clapping from the NAACP crowd when he went against the group’s official stance and spoke out against gay marriage.
After the speech, Romney noted the positive response.
“At the end of my speech having a standing ovation was generous and hospitable on the part of the audience,” he told Fox News Wednesday. “While we disagree on some issues like Obamacare, a lot of issues we see eye to eye.”
That applause was fake, said one top NAACP official. Hilary Shelton, the group’s vice president for advocacy, told MSNBC Wednesday night that the cheers Romney talked about actually came from Romney supporters brought in by his campaign specifically for his speech.